Disk 1 von 9
- 1 Book 1: Sowing Chapter 1: The One Thing Needful
- 2 Chapter 2: Murdering The Innocents
- 3 "Very well, said this gentleman"
- 4 Chapter 3: A Loophole
- 5 Thomas Gradgrind took no heed
- 6 Chapter 4: Mr. Bounderby
- 7 "Bounderby, said Mr. Gradgrind"
- 8 Chapter 5: The Keynote
- 9 Why are you tearing about the streets
- 10 Chapter 6: Slearys Horsemanship
- 11 "By your leaves, gentleman!"
- 12 "Pray, said Mr. Gradgrind"
- 13 Squire! said Mr. Sleary
Disk 2 von 9
- 1 "Be sure you know your own mind, Jupe,"
- 2 Chapter 7: Mrs. Sparsit
- 3 Im not going to take him at once
- 4 Chapter 8: Never Wonder
- 5 Its a great pity
- 6 Chapter 9: Sissys Progress
- 7 Did your father love her?
- 8 Chapter 10: Stephen Blackpool
- 9 Always a muddle?
- 10 Chapter 11: No Way Out
- 11 In the strength of his misfortune
Disk 3 von 9
- 1 "Stephen, subsiding into his quiet manner"
- 2 Chapter 12: The Old Woman
- 3 She was gone by and by
- 4 Chapter 13: Rachael
- 5 Out of what mystery he came back
- 6 Chapter 14: The Great Manufacturer
- 7 "All this while, Louisa"
- 8 Chapter 15: Father And Daughter
- 9 Removing her eyes from him
- 10 Chapter 16: Husband and Wife
Disk 4 von 9
- 1 Book 2: Reaping Chapter 1: Effects In The Bank
- 2 Mrs. Sparsit sat in her afternoon apartment
- 3 "Has it been a busy day, Bitzer?"
- 4 Here the visitor all unconscious
- 5 The inattention and indolence of his manner
- 6 Chapter 2: Mr. James Harthouse
- 7 They went out without further discourse
- 8 You are a singular politician
- 9 Chapter 3: The Whelp
- 10 "Thats the past tense, Tom,"
- 11 Chapter 4: Men And Brothers
- 12 The assembly was divided at this point.
- 13 "My brothers, said Stephen"
Disk 5 von 9
- 1 Thus easily did Stephen Blackpool fall
- 2 Chapter 5: Men And Masters
- 3 Stephen bent his head to the gentleman
- 4 Chapter 6: Fading Away
- 5 "Age, especially when it strives"
- 6 I have come to speak to you
- 7 Stephen followed him out
- 8 It was but a hurried parting
- 9 Chapter 7: Gunpowder
- 10 It was among the leafy shadows
- 11 "Mrs Bounderby, said Harthouse"
- 12 They walked on to the house
Disk 6 von 9
- 1 Chapter 8: Explosion
- 2 Bitzer knuckled his forehead again.
- 3 It soon appeared that if Mrs. Sparsit
- 4 Long after Louisa had undressed
- 5 Chapter 9: Hearing The Last Of It
- 6 This again made the excellent woman vastly sentimental.
- 7 "She went with a heavy, hardened kind of sorrow"
- 8 Chapter 10: Mrs. Sparsits Staircase
- 9 "The same evening, Mrs. Sparsit"
- 10 Chapter 11: Lower and Lower
- 11 "Next day, Saturday, Mrs. Sparsit sat"
- 12 Mrs. Sparsit saw her out of the wood
Disk 7 von 9
- 1 Chapter 12: Down
- 2 "He moved, to support her with his arm."
- 3 Book 3: Garnering Chapter 1: Another Thing Needful
- 4 "My dear, I have remained all night at my table"
- 5 Chapter 2: Very Ridiculous
- 6 "It was impossible, even before dinner"
- 7 Well! If it should unhappily appear
- 8 If she had asserted any influence
- 9 Chapter 3: Very Decided
- 10 "Well, maam, said Bounderby"
- 11 The blusterous Bounderby crimsoned
- 12 Chapter 4: Lost
- 13 "Who is it?, asked Louisa."
Disk 8 von 9
- 1 Since his sheet-anchor had come home
- 2 Chapter 5: Found
- 3 The spectacle of a matron
- 4 "I dont exactly know,"
- 5 Chapter 6: The Starlight
- 6 "The wide prospect, so beautiful"
- 7 When all was ready
- 8 Chapter 7: Whelp-Hunting
- 9 The first thing they saw
Disk 9 von 9
- 1 Mr. Gradgrind arrived within an hour
- 2 Chapter 8: Philosophical
- 3 The other three sat up at the inn all night
- 4 Chapter 9: Final
- 5 Here was Mr. Gradgrind on the same day
Hard Times is Dicken’s most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in the fictional Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrind’s own children have been educated thus, and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only Sleary’s travelling circus company seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown. Hard Times is a deeply moving story written in anger to strike a blow for the victims of the dehumanising processes of industry.
Anton Lesser is one of Britain’s leading classical actors, and is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A familiar voice on radio, he has become particularly associated with his award-winning readings of Dickens and Milton for Naxos AudioBooks.
KlappentextOne of Dickens's most popular novels which gives compelling insight into the social and economic pressures of the Victorian era. This is an unabridged reading by Anton Lesser. 9 CDs. *Also appeared in October Buyer's Notes*
BiografieCharles Dickens (1812-1870), geboren in Landport bei Portsea, wuchs in Chatham bei London auf. Als er elf Jahre alt war, musste sein Vater wegen nicht eingelöster Schuldscheine ins Schuldgefängnis; seine Mutter folgte ihm mit Charles' Geschwistern dorthin. Charles, das zweitälteste Kind, musste währenddessen in einer Schuhwichsfabrik arbeiten. Erst als der Vater nach einigen Monaten entlassen wurde, besuchte Charles wieder eine Schule. Mit fünfzehn begann er in einem Rechtsanwaltsbüro als Gehilfe zu arbeiten, später wurde er Zeitungsreporter. §Seine schriftstellerische Karriere begann er mit seinen Skizzen des Londoner Alltagslebens. Anschließend entstanden in rascher Folge die ersten Romane. Dickens wurde Herausgeber der liberalen Londoner Zeitung "Daily News", reiste in die USA und nach Italien und verfasste 1848/1849 "David Copperfield", der viel autobiographisches Material enthält. §Dickens' liebevolle Schilderungen menschlicher Schwächen, sein Kosmos skurriler und schrulliger englischer "Originale" und die satirische Anprangerung sozialer Missstände machten ihn bereits zu Lebzeiten zu einem der beliebtesten Romanciers der Weltliteratur. Seine Bücher brachten ihm außerdem beträchtlichen Wohlstand ein. Seit 1860 lebte er auf seinem Landsitz Gad's Hill Place in Kent, wo er im Alter von nur 58 Jahren an einem Schlaganfall starb.
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